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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian-based Samoan Alex “The Lionheart” Leapai (20-3-3, 15 KOs) 230lbs a scored a six round stoppage over former heavyweight contender Owen “What The Heck” Beck (29-6, 20 KOs) 250lbs of the USA at the Southport RSL club, Southport, Queensland, Australia Thursday. Beck came to fight and connected with hard combinations to the head and body of Leapai who stayed in the imports face delivering his own heavy artillery. Round five had Beck in trouble as Leapai scored with overhand rights hands and left hooks but the American survived to hear the bell. Leapai had Beck out on his feet in round six and referee Tony Kettlewell crowned the powerful Samoan. “I am boxing Danny Williams in four weeks – who knocked out Mike Tyson,” said Leapai. “I am The Lionheart and I will defeat Williams!” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Things were going so very well for Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola. Fighting on HBO. A growing fan base. Fighting for paychecks with more zeros on them than when he made in his professional debut before a few hundred fans at a casino in Laughlin, NV almost seven years ago. Then, it happened. A fight against Tomasz Adamek in an arena near his hometown. Some favored him to win, but in the end, Arreola stood in the ring on that April evening with more questions than answers and a bruised face.
Now Arreola returns to the same venue four months later in hopes of winning and returning to the mix of the heavyweight division. He faces fellow contender Manuel Quezada in a 12 round bout on Friday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
Villuendas Promotions will present a stellar boxing gala in Mexico City on September 11 to celebrate Mexico’s bicentennial. Headlining is future Hall of Famer and former three-division world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales, who is campaigning for another world crown. The card is expected to have nine world titles on the line and promises to be a historic night. (more…)
IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor is fully recovered from a stress-fracture of the shin that laid him up for 4 weeks and now he’s raring to take on Jason Booth on September 11th at the Rainton Meadows Arena in Sunderland, England. “Without a doubt it’s frustrating.” explained Molitor. “After I won the title on a Saturday (against Takalani Ndlovu) I was straight back in they gym on Tuesday and it’s hard not being able to train 110%. But in other ways it has been a blessing in disguise, I’m now a 100% recovered after taking all of the time off that the doctors advised me to. I’ve stayed in good shape, riding the bike etc but come September 11th I’ll be coming to fight.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that former lightweight world champion Miguel Angel Gonzalez will reappear in the ring on the big September 11th card in Mexico City. “I’m returning because I want to continue entertaining. In my 40 years, I’ve taken good care of myself and try to be in great shape. My desire is to return to the ring,” said González, who retired with a record 51-5-1, 40 KOs) in 17 years. He made his professional debut in January 1989 and last fought in October 2006. He’s been in with names like Oscar de La Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez, Kostya Tszyu Cory Spinks and Luis Collazo, among others.
Photo by Joel A. Colón/PR Best Boxing
WBO junior flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon visited former junior welterweight contender Alex de Jesus this afternoon and invited him to take part in a bout on the undercard of “Unification,” where Calderon will face WBA 108 champ Giovanni Segura at the Mario “Quijote” Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, showcased on pay-per-view and presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP).
The De Jesus will fight on the undercard of Unification which takes place next August 28 in a six round bout versus an opponent to be announced. The Dept. of Corrections will give permission for De Jesus to participate in fights and then return to prison until his sentence is completed. For more details and photos click here…
‘Slick’ Nick Osipczak is man enough to accept the inevitability of defeat. At least, that is, when defeat truly feels like defeat. Since departing season nine of The Ultimate Fighter, England’s Osipczak has suffered only one professional loss, and yet it never felt the way he expected it to. The talented welterweight was outwrestled and muffled by American Ricky Story at UFC 112 and, though the bout remained competitive throughout, Osipczak was ultimately frustrated and defeated. Osipczak left Abu Dhabi that weekend feeling slightly dejected, but mostly confused . . . Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC.com
Video: Joel A. Colón / PR Best Boxing
WBO light flyweight champion Ivan Calderon visits former stablemate, Olympian and jr welterweight prospect Alex “Pollo” De Jesus (19-1, 13 KOs) who is serving a four year sentence at the jail in Bayamon, Puerto Rico for domestic violence and weapons charges.
By Ricardo Conde
Former title challenger and current junior middleweight contender Joel Julio (35-4, 31 KOs) of Colombia looks to rebound, after a devastating loss to Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo this past April, against Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (12-6, 6 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, August 21 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ in a 10-round junior middleweight bout on the undercard of “The Big Challenge,” which is being headlined by heavyweight contender Tomaz Adamek taking on Michael Grant, and will be shown live on Pay-Per-View and is being presented by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with X-Cel Worldwide. Remaining tickets are priced at $53, $78, $103 and $253 and can be purchased at the Prudential Center Box Office, www.Prucenter.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. (more…)
Salvador Sanchez II (19-4-2, 9 KOs) poses with Mauricio Sulaiman executive secretary of the WBC at a press conference in Mexico for the upcoming September 11th event at the Plaza de Toros headlined by Erik Morales. Sanchez will look to rebound from his last bout which was a decision loss to Tomas Villa. Sanchez suffered a fracture in his right hand during the bout but has now fully recovered. Rumors are he will fight on one of the upcoming Mexican Independence day shows.
Photo by Ron Jackson
Seven outstanding SA boxers and a pedigreed fighter from Japan will be in action at Carnival City, Brakpan, on September 1. Heading one of the best bills put together in South Africa in recent years will be former IBF champions Cassius Baloyi and Mzonke Fana. Other big names on the card are Moruti Mthalane, Zolani Tete, Jeffrey Mathebula, Takalani Ndlovu, Tshepo Lefele and Katsunari Takayama, from Japan. Promoter Branco Milenkovic, of Branco Sports Productions, has announced the bumper bill for the tournament to be held on a Wednesday. (more…)
For the first time, Top Rank, will open its vaults and present intense battles from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. PST each Saturday beginning on Aug. 14, 21, and 28. The bouts will air free of charge on www.TopRank.com/TRLivestream in advance of three events on three different networks: Gamboa-Salido on Sept. 11 at The Palms Casino & Resort, Las Vegas, on HBO; Lopez-Marquez Sept. 18 in Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Garden Arena on Showtime; and a special edition of the popular Top Rank Live! series Sept. 11 in Culiacan, Mexico on Fox Sports Espanol.
Undefeated Teon Kennedy and Alex Becerra meet for the vacant NABA super bantamweight title on September 25 in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. The scheduled 12-round championship fight tops a seven-bout card which begins at 7:30 p.m. Kennedy, 24, of Philadelphia, PA, is ranked #8 in the world at 122 pounds by the IBF. A former National Golden Gloves flyweight champion, Kennedy has beaten Thomas Snow, Andre Wilson, Lucian Gonzalez, Francisco Rodriguez and Jose Angel Beranza en route to a 15-0-1 record, 6 KOs.
Kennedy’s 10th-round knockout last year over Rodriguez netted him the vacant USBA super bantamweight title and he successfully defended that crown with a 12-round decision over Beranza in his last fight May 22 at Bally’s. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Promociones y Eventos del Istmo
Panamanian boxing promoter Promociones y Eventos del Istmo presents a big card Saturday afternoon at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. The main event features the rematch between WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno and Nehomar Cermeño, plus Milton Nuñez and Gennady Golovkin collide for the vacant WBA interim middleweight title. In all, there will be an astonishing sixteen professional bouts (130 scheduled rounds) showcasing top local and international talent. (more…)
Photo by Herby Whyne/Fightnews Canada
Unbeaten WBC interim and IBO light heavyweight titleholder Chad Dawson (29-0, 17 KOs) conducts a high tech workout in advance of Saturday’s collision with WBC light heavyweight champ Jean Pascal (25-1, 16 KOs) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. More photos…
By Hector Islas/WBC
It will be announced at a press conference today that Mexican stars Jhonny Gonzalez and Hugo Cazares will fight on a big September 11th boxing card at the famed “Monumental Plaza de Toros” in Mexico City. WBA super flyweight champion Hugo Cazares will defend against Alberto Rossi, while Gonzalez meets Juan Carlos Burgos in an elimination bout for the WBC featherweight crown currently held by Elio Rojas. The event will be promoted by Jose Luis Villuendas.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
September 4 will be a banner boxing day in Mexico. In Guadalajara, Omar Niño will be defend his WBC jr. flyweight world championship against the Ronald Barrera, and on the same card Jorge “Coloradito” Solís defends his WBA interim super featherweight crown against a rival to be named. In Chihuahua, Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda defends his WBO flyweight championship against Ronald Ramos. All fights will be part of events celebrating Mexico’s bicentennial.
A victory is all that matters for Robert Helenius (12-0, 7 KOs) when he takes on Gregory Tony (12-0, 10 KOs) for the vacant EU Heavyweight Title in Erfurt on August 21. The “Nordic Nightmare” sent shockwaves through the international boxing world when he stopped former WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster in what was just his 11th fight. After injuring his hand during a points victory over Gbenga Oloukun in Helsinki in March, Helenius is now ready to continue his rise to stardom. “I can’t wait to get back in the ring,” the 26-year-old said from his training camp base in Kienbaum, some 20 miles east of Berlin. “Ulli Wegner keeps teaching me new things every day and I am keen to show them against Tony. I am hungry to win my first title.” (more…)
You might have trouble pronouncing his name, but odds are high that you will remember Maciej Jewtuszko after watching him perform inside of a cage. Poland’s top lightweight prospect boasts an aggressive, crowd-pleasing style and a sterling 7-0 pro record – and he’s yet to allow one of his bouts to be decided by the judges . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
WBO light middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) will fight on October 2nd against former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (30-4, 15 KOs). “After my first fight in the USA against Daniel Dawson, I’ll fight with Luis Collazo,” Dzinziruk told Fightnews.com. “I’m assured it’s a fight that will be interesting for me, but I want the big fight with Paul Williams. Paul, I will find you and I will knock you out!” Dzinziruk was the featured guest on the Internet-TV “RingSide Show” hosted by Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov. More to come…
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Fightnews met up with WBC light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal as he put the finishing touches on his preparations for this Saturday’s showdown with undefeated Chad Dawson. Pascal will be making the third defense of his title belt that he wrestled away from fellow Montrealer Adrian Diaconu in 2009. Pascal again beat Diaconu in his last fight in December and did so with one arm, separating his shoulder in the third round. Pascal talks about his thoughts on the fight that brings HBO Championship boxing into town for the very first time and assures us that he is 100 percent ready for Saturday. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
With just days before Saturday’s HBO televised match-up between WBC champion Jean Pascal and light-heavyweight kingpin Chad Dawson, Fightnews caught up with Pascal’s trainer Marc Ramsay who has been racking the frequent flyer miles as he has brought his fighter to three different locales trying to obtain elite status for his man in a showdown that pits two of the division’s best against each other. Ramsay described camp as “great,” saying good doesn’t even begin to describe it. (more…)
Video: Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Trainer Sam Colonna, who helped Tomasz Adamek to his first world championship title (WBC light heavyweight) five years ago and trained Andrew Golota for most of his heavyweight career, talks about the August 21 Adamek-Michael Grant pay-per-view clash in Newark:
Legendary promoter Don King was saddened to hear of the passing on Monday of Jay Larkin, his longtime business associate at SHOWTIME. “Jay loved the world of boxing and he was a very integral part of bringing the sport and Don King Productions to SHOWTIME,” King said. “He loved working with all the great fighters and he certainly brought out the best in them in his production and direction. Jay was always in the forefront of many of the greatest promotions over the past two decades. We are going to miss him dearly. I offer my deepest sympathy to his family, led by his lovely wife Lisa, the rock behind this great and unique man.”
WBC President José Sulaimán has received the honor of being inducted in the Galerías Plaza de las Estrellas in Mexico City. Suliaman joined the approximately 130 other inductees in the Galerías, which include the most prominent stars of show business, sports, and art. All of the inductees’ plaques, which include a bronze handprint of the inductee, are installed on a special floor in the building.
By Karl Freitag
The semi-finals of the Super Six tournament will begin to shape up after the first Group Stage 3 match between Mikkel Kessler and Allan Green on September 25, and Kessler holds the key. If Kessler wins, he advances to the semi-final. A Kessler win, would also mean Andre Dirrell could not advance with a loss against Andre Ward later that night, regardless of the outcome of the Arthur Abraham-Carl Froch matchup the following week.
On the other hand, Dirrell does control his own destiny. If he beats Ward, both he and Ward would advance regardless of any other results.
It’s possible that both Abraham and Froch will have already have qualified for the semi-final depending on the previous week’s results. In any event, the winner is sure to advance regardless of what happens in other fights. (more…)
With the third and final Group Stage of round-robin matches in the Super Six World Boxing Classic fast approaching, SHOWTIME Sports® announced on Tuesday the official tie-break regulations for Semi-Final seeding.
Following Group Stages 1 and 2, only WBA world super middleweight champion Andre Ward has locked up one of the four coveted Semi-Final berths while no other fighter has been eliminated from contention. With the five other competitors still alive—separated by three points or less—Group Stage 3 promises to deliver the most dramatic and compelling fights of the groundbreaking tournament. Click here for complete tie break information…
For the first-time ever, Indianapolis will get a taste of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®. Former UFC®heavyweight champion Frank Mir and former interim UFC heavyweight champion and mixed martial arts legend Minotauro Nogueira will mix it up for an encore performance on Saturday, September 25 at UFC 119: MIR VS. NOGUEIRA 2, which is presented by “Halo Reach” and live from the Conseco Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana. Also featured on this historic card, Nogueira’s twin brother and light heavyweight force Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will take on two-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler turned undefeated fighter Ryan Bader. Then it’s a rematch of The Ultimate Fighter®: The Comeback finale as former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra takes on one of Indianapolis’ own in Chris “Lights Out” Lytle. (more…)
World champion Yurikoris Gamboa, who usually trains in Miami, is off to the Fight Factory in Tampa, Fla. He is preparing to take on champion Orlando Salido of Mexico on Top Rank’s ‘Battle of the Champions’ on September 11 at the Palms Resort Casino, Las Vegas. Gamboa, 18-0, usually trains in Miami. “It’s a big fight and we wanted to get away and do it right,” said chief trainer Tony Gonzalez. It’s the same training facility used previously by world champion Miguel Cotto. Gamboa is the WBA featherweight champion. Salido is the IBF champion. Team Gamboa is planning to report to Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 3.
Unbeaten Russian middleweight Matt Korobov is on the ‘Battle of the Champions’ fight card at the Palms. He is training with Kenny Adams in Las Vegas. Korobov, 11-0, is scheduled for eight rounds.
Notre Dame Champion Mike Lee, a light heavyweight, will box in a four-round bout at the Palms on Sept. 11. Lee is Notre Dame graduate, majoring in finance. He is Houston, training with Ronnie Shields.
Tickets for Battle of the Champions – Gamboa vs. Salido and Brandon Rios vs. Anthony Peterson – are $200, $100, $50 and are available on ticketmaster.com
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Las Vegas super featherweight Diego Magdaleno, 15-0, goes into his biggest fight, taking on Carlos Olveira, 25-1, on the Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez world title fight card on Sept. 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Magdaleno is trained by Pat Berry and Augie Sanchez.
IBF #7 rated junior middleweight Deandre “Bull” Latimore (21-3, 17 KOs) has ripped into WBO interim 154lb champion Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (19-1, 16 KOs) after news that Angulo has been offered a bout with current middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. Latimore says he’s stunned that a bout like that was even being considered. “Angulo has done nothing to show that he belongs in the same ring with Martinez,” stated Latimore. “If they fought a twelve rounder, Martinez would win 13-0. They’ve built up Angulo like he’s some sort of beast but he’s done nothing to lend any credibility to that” said Latimore. (more…)
Photo by Ricardo Conde
Heavyweight contender Manuel “El Toro” Quezada (29-5, 18 KOs), trained by Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, will take on Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (28-2, 25 KOs) this Friday, August 13 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA in the main event on the latest edition of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” for the vacant WBC FECOMBOX heavyweight title, which is being presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. Remaining tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office. We had a moment to sit down and talk to Manuel Quezada as he prepares for his upcoming fight with Arreola and here’s what he had to say. For more details and photos click here…
WBO #9 cruiserweight Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-1, 10 KOs) held a media workout Monday at Big Six Academy in Providence, Rhode Island. Godfrey challenges WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco “Kapt’n” Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) on August 21 at the Messehalle in Erfurt, Thuringen, Germany.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#7/WBC#8 flyweight Tomonobu Shimizu (17-3-1, 8 KOs), 112, kept his national 112-pound belt as he finely outboxed and outpunched crouching and onrushing challenger Kewpie Kanazawa (13-7, 6 KOs), 112, and finally halted him with a towel thrown in by the corner at 0:36 of the sixth round on Monday. Shimizu, an upright stylist, made good use of his footwork and countering rights to the face and the belly, effectively weakening the overmatched challenger. The fifth saw Shimizu come out mixing it up in the close quarter and badly hurt Kanazawa with solid combinations. A towel was fluttering midway in the fatal sixth, as the loser’s corner thought Kanazawa had absorbed too much punishment.
WBA#6/WBC#12 super-bantam Masaaki Serie (17-3, 7 KOs), 121.5, was awkward, unorthodox and least technical, as usual, but retained his Japanese 122-pound belt with a well-received surrender of ex-world challenger and ex-OPBF/Japanese champ Manabu Fukushima (36-11-4, 20 KOs), 122, after the seventh round in a scheduled ten. Fukushima, 35 and eight years his senior, was just a shell of his old self when he had an unsuccessful shot at the WBC belt against Oscar Larios via eighth round stoppage in 2002. His timing and sharpness were miserably gone. Fukushima took a solid direct right of the younger champ, hitting the deck in the fourth. Serie, in round seven, accelerated his attack and forced the fading veteran to the ropes with a fusillade of wild and strong shots with Fukushima having a narrow escape. Susumu Hanagata, ex-world flyweight champ, decided not to allow the loser to go and fight for the eighth. Fukushima, after a sad swan song, declared a farewell to the ring after his bad defeat.
Promoter: Kaneko Promotions.
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